Saffron Walden community comes together to help charity nursery plagued by burglaries

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 November 2016

Children at the Saffron Walden Nursery

Children at the Saffron Walden Nursery


Selfless people from Saffron Walden have rushed to help a charity nursery after it was burgled for the third time just over a year.

Last month the Reporter detailed how burglars used bolt cutters to cut the lock and break into a shed at the Saffron Walden Nursery School in order to steal £200 worth of gardening equipment and tools, including a lawnmower and children’s toys.

It happened between 4pm on Thursday, October 13 and 7.45am the following day. Criminals had already targeted the nursery twice before, in September last year and May this year.

Since the article, the nursery has been approached three times by people wanting to help them buy back the stolen items and invest in CCTV for the property, to protect it against future attacks.

The biggest donation so far is from kind businessman, Kevin Starr, who is thinking of donating around £500, although the details need to be finalised.

He said: “I saw the story in the paper that there had been a burglary and that it wasn’t the first time, and obviously that’s distressing. They wanted to invest in some CCTV to put off some would be burglars and that sounded like a good idea.

“I want to help because that’s the right thing to do when someone has had a bad time.”

Parents with children at the nursery also clubbed together and raised £60, with which the nursery has already bought some more replacement toys for the children to play with.

The Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund, a charity that raises funds to support children and young people in Uttlesford, has also approached the nursery, but no details have been worked out.

Lesli Goddard, 46, bursar and parent at the nursery, said: “I am elated.

“It’s fantastic news, and shows there are good people out there.”

Anyone with information about any of the break-ins should contact the police on 101.

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